HAIR SHARP FOCSTERIER
Pattern entered in the FCI register under the number 169c (10. V. 1968 r.)
Fox terriers are one of the older breeds, which the sports cynology of England dealt with. Already in the 17th century. the work of the vole as a hunting assistant is mentioned. From year 1700 the first image of a dog of this breed comes from, in year 1867 the first breeders club was established, a w 10 years later, it was staged in Westminster 125 smooth-haired and 50 wirehaired. Later, the breed's popularity continued to grow. In year 1924 her top Kennel Club registration is recorded— 7156 wirehaired and 2573 shorthair. Now their dominance is faded away, but probably will remain on the list of popular dogs for a long time. It is amazing, that wirehairs are more fashionable and more numerous though (or maybe in England that's why), that in breeding them it is more difficult to obtain a champion and their coat requires careful care. Personally I think, that the short-haired variety would deserve a greater prevalence, moreover, this variety is calmer and does not sin with this excess of temperament, which sometimes makes it difficult to live in an apartment with a rough-haired fox terrier.
General impression. A dog with a lively disposition, quick in movements and quick to react to the smallest stimuli; this is evident in the expression and the way the ears and tail are worn.
All the anatomical details of a dog must be in harmony with each other, which is the key to assessing his physique. The greatest attention is paid to the ideal ratio of the head in the cerebral part to the muzzle, whole head to back, the height at the withers to the length from the tip of the shoulder to the rump, the two measures should be equal. Head measurements must be made strictly, but the height at the withers and the length of the back are approximate, rather for the guidance of the breeders and exhibitors themselves, and not as mandatory standards. The dog's movements and behavior are also considered the basic criteria of evaluation.
Head. In the parietal frontal part it is almost flat, with a slight slope and narrowing towards the eyes. The difference between the length of the head in the cerebral part (ok. 8 cm) and the length of the mouth is barely discernible. Setting the eyes too high and too close to the ears is a fault; then one speaks of an alien head appearance. Forehead line, viewed from profile, descends slightly to the front. The leading edge is not concave. The bridge of the nose is full and well arched, not wedge-shaped, but nicely carved. Jaws well developed, armed with a set of strengths, white teeth, giving the muzzle the desired expression of strength, but without the vulgar hypertrophy of the lower jaw and its muscles, powodującego „pyzowatość”. Black nose. Dark eyes, umiarkowanie małe, zupełnie okrągłe, ale nie wypukłe i nie za szeroko rozstawione, full of fire, o bystrym spojrzeniu. The ears are small, V shape, umiarkowanie grube, o płatach małżowin zgrabnie załamanych i opadających ku przodowi głowy, ściśle przylegających do jej boków. Linia załamania znacznie powyżej głowy. Teeth equal, black. Scissor bite; dolne kły zachodzą przed górne, a siekacze szczęki przed siekacze żuchwy.
Neck. Neat, well muscled, moderately long, no dewlap,- oglądana z profilu — lekko wygięta.
Torso. Klatka piersi owa głęboka, lecz nie szeroka; zbyt wąska prawie tak samo niepożądana jak za szeroka (excessive depth interferes with working underground). Deep forechest. Front ribs moderately, and the rear is strongly arched. Shoulders viewed from the front, descending steeply from where it meets the neck; long and oblique when viewed from the side, form a long front, which, in combination with the short back, is very desirable in the Wirehaired Fox Terrier. Short back, horizontal, no sign of slackness. Loins strong, gently arched. The term "laxity” it applies to both the dorsal part directly behind the withers, when it tends to collapse, and weak binding of the lumbar region, when the distance between the last ribs and the hip bone is too great. A short distance indicates a "short set."” or "good ribbing”. A greater length of the back is acceptable for the bitch. Strong back, muscular, not cut or shrunken.